I don't find the hobby to be particularly
competitive. As any of the folks with whom I
correspond regularly will attest, we all look out
for each other's wishlist cels, and if somebody
"calls dibs" on an auction or update item, the
rest of us back off. This isn't about cutthroat
acquisition, it's about collecting, preserving,
and appreciating these unique works of art... and
about the friends you build in the process of
If it hadn't been for cel collecting, I never
would have met Laura, or Josh, April, Jasmine, any
one of a number of Jens and Jenns (*grin*), Kenna
and Kea, Matt, Karen, Hyla, Emily... the list goes
on. These are friends that, even if this house
were to burn down and take all my cels with it,
I'd still have, still enjoy spending time with
(virtual or no), and still have plenty in common
Yes, it feels damn good to finally find a wishlist
cel after months or years of wanting it. And I'm
just as bummed as anyone else if I miss out on one
(or two... or a dozen in a row... *grin*). But in
the end, that's just the nature of the game --
nobody, not even the deep-pockets collectors, can
get every cel that they want -- often, it's all
down to luck.
And then, hey, we have friends to commiserate
with. Friends who understand, because they've
been through the same thing before, and will
again, and can laugh about it together. Friends
that we may never have met otherwise.
And you know, that's one heck of a lot more
valuable than any wishlist cel.
Just my 2-cents' worth.